Can ex-cop’s no defense tactic in fatal crash trial work? Experts weigh in
STATEN ISLAND — The lawyer for ex-Linden police officer Pedro Abad, who is accused of drunken driving in a wrong-way crash that killed two passengers in his car, declined to call any witnesses in Abad’s defense.
Mario Gallucci, Abad’s attorney, originally had said he might call several witnesses to the stand, but on Monday Gallucci abruptly rested his case.
The unexpected turn came after Abad confirmed to Judge Mario Mattei that he did not plan to testify. By not taking the witness stand, Abad ensured that the jury will not hear about his two prior drunken driving arrests from crashes in 2011 and 2013.
But will that strategy work? Jurors could start deliberating the case as early as Thursday afternoon. Abad, 29, faces multiple counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter, among other charges in the March 20, 2015 wreck.